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Cathedral Medical Group
Cawley Road, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1XT
Telephone: 01243 813 450

Fax: 01243 813 474

Aesthetics: 01243 813457

Self Care Newsletter

Self care is all about looking after yourself. Please see this newletter for lots of really useful advice as well as some signposting to great free programmes for people with long term conditions. Self Care

 

Self Care

 

Common health complaints, such as coughs, colds and headaches, account for one out of every five GP appointments in England. Many of these can be treated quicker and just as effectively at home using self care, advice from your pharmacist and over-the-counter medicines bought from pharmacies or supermarkets.

 

Below are the top 10 conditions, listed in decreasing order, that account for 75% of GP consultations for minor ailments.

 

  • Back pain
  • Dermatitis
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Nasal congestion
  • Constipation
  • Migraines
  • Coughs
  • Acne
  • Sprains and strains
  • Headaches

Please click here for more information on how you may be able to treat the above at home.

 

Physiotherapy

 

You can now self-refer for NHS physiotherapy. The system has changed in recent times and you can no longer phone.You need to complete a form and either email it or send it off by post. Please click here for the form or collect from the front desk in surgery.

 

Introduction

Sussex Community NHS Trust Physiotherapy Service wants to make it easier for patients to get advice from a Physiotherapist. Previously you would need to see you GP before you could be referred for Physiotherapy.

 

However, we are trying a new approach whereby you can self refer to a Physiotherapist.

 

How does it work?

If you have a back, neck, joint or general muscle problem you can complete the self referral form and send to the MSK team.

 

Once you have completed the form you can send it to:-

Central Point of Access

Bognor War Memorial Hospital

Shripney Road

Bognor Regis

PO22 9PP

 

Or drop it tinto Bognor War memorial physio dept - please note, you won't be issued an appointment at the time of dropping it off.

 

Or You can email it to:-

SC-TR.Coastal-MSK-Physios@nhs.net

 

The Physio department Department will then be in touch with you.

 

Who can use this service?

The service is NOT appropriate for the following patients:

 

  • Under 16 years of age
  • Those suffering from multiple or complex musculoskeletal conditions
  • Those with complex medical histories
  • pregnant women
  • Those with poor grasp of the English language
  • Those who have learning difficulties
  • Those who have hearing difficulties
  • Those who are housebound

If you are in any of the above categories, please ask you GP to make a written referral instead.

 

 

Time to Talk


Time to talk is a friendly and approachable service offering therapies to people who are struggling with:

  • Stress, Worry and general anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic Attacks and Agoraphobia
  • Phobias
  • Social Anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Health anxiety
  • Post Natal Depression
  • Low Self Esteem or Low Confidence
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Bereavement and Reactions to Loss

If you are registered with a GP in West Sussex, you can call Time to Talk directly to book an assessment. Call 01273 265967 between 9am and 5pm.

 

Or if you prefer you can talk to your GP who can refer you to Time to Talk.

 

If you are at risk of harming yourself or need urgent help Time to Talk is not a crisis service. Therefore:

  • Contact your GP immediately
  • Go to A&E - in an emergency, or outside office hours.
  • Call The Samaritans 24 hours a day on 116123

Or call Sussex Mental Health Line on 0300 5000 101 if you live in West Sussex you can call 24/7.

 

Self Help Leaflets (click on the link to view the leaflet)

 

The Common Cold

Cough

Sore Throat

Middle Ear Infection

Acute Sinusitis


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